Fabulous Summer Fashion Finds { all under $50}


Summer Fashion Finds Under $50

I have a couple of trips planned in the coming months and needed a few new pieces of summer clothing.  I don’t like to spend a lot of money on summer clothing and try to get the most bang for my buck.  Good thing there are lots of great shopping options both in-store and online.  Rather than hit the stores, I decided to dome shopping online and came across some fabulous finds, all under $50.  From jewelry and dresses to tops and handbags, these pieces are ones you’ll want to check out.

Happy shopping!

Summer Fashion Finds Under $50

Summer Fashion Finds Under $50


One //  Straw bags are a summer staples and this Braided Tote Bag from Zara is perfect because it mixes a casual vibe with a refined shape.  And the pom poms just give it that special touch. $49.90  (fyi– this bag is generous it size so it’s perfect as an everyday handbag)

Two // Have you noticed that ruffled sleeves are the hottest fashion trend right now?  You can hardly find a piece of clothing without them for summer.  This Ruffled Sleeve Blouse with Lace is one of the cutest styles I’ve seen.  $39.90

Three //  Red and pink are my two favorite colors and when they are combined into something cute like this Striped Floppy Hat , I’m all in.  $25.90 (I’m going to add a monogram to the brim like I did with this hat)

Four //  I love these black and cream Lace Up Espadrilles.  They are the perfect flat to wear with shorts or sundresses.  $39.90

Five //  Causal summer dresses are my thing during the dog days of summer.  I’m loving this Embroidered Striped Dress because of its effortless style and boho vibe.  $49.90

Six //  This Animal Print Cross Strap Slide will be fun to wear with a sun dress, shorts or a romper. $35.00-$45.00

Seven //  One of my favorite color combos for summer is red and turquoise.  These Beaded Drop Earrings will add a pop of color to any summer outfit.  $34.00

Eight // The gorgeous color and the sleeves on this Frilled Sleeve Dress just might make it the perfect dress for summer parties.  $49.90

Nine // What’s not to love about this beautiful Coral Reef Necklace?  Nothing! The style and color just scream summer.  $48.00

Ten // I’m always looking for casual tops to wear with jeans and sneakers  during the summer. The Marled V-Neck Hoodie  is perfect for running errands or a walk in the park. $36.00

With so many great summer fashion finds under $50, you can get your shop on without breaking the bank.



Fashion Inspiration {plus links you’ll love}

Boho jewelry


Two thumbs up for the weekend!

Now that we’ve sprung forward and the first official day of spring is just days away, I feel like its time to make the switch in my closet from my winter wardrobe to my spring wardrobe.  It’s also time to take stock of what I own and head out to buy a few new fashion pieces.  On my shopping list this spring are boho inspired looks.  Boho style is a lot like my design style–eclectic, whimsical and full of personality so it’s no wonder I like this look.

 Here are a few pieces I’ve spotted while shopping the web.

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Since we’re on the topic of fashion, I’ve rounded up a few fashion related links I think you’ll enjoy.


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If you’re looking for a great tote bag, this one is fabulous.  Warning, you might want to get more than one color.  And this one is a cutie too.

The 50 Best Fashion Tips of All Times

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Building a Classic Earring Wardrobe

I must say, I’m excited about all 8 of these 2016 spring  fashion trends.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Gifts


Clothing is one of the most gifted items at Christmas but that doesn’t mean you have to gift a basic sweater, a simple pair of gloves or a bundle of basic socks.  Why not gift fashion with ultimate style.  Here’s my His & Her Fashion Gift Guide and every item is $50 or less!

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Plaid and Ponchos are two of the hottest fashion trends this winter and this Plaid Poncho is chic in every way. $38.00
These Stone Drop Hoop Earrings are definitely a one for them, one for me gift items.  Available in 5 stone colors $46.80
This Reversible Faux Leather Tote w/Wristlet may just be the perfect handbag and it’s available in 6 color options. $48.00
Need a great gift under $10 then this Giant Birds Hill Tribe Clutch is a winner!  Only $6.99 and available in a ton of pattern/color options.
Layered or along, with jeans or slacks, this Jacquard Check Pullover Sweater is red-hot. $29.99
I adore this Pearl Snowdrop Keychain and think it would make a beautiful bag charm too!  $48.00
This Faux Fur Hand Warmer is such a chic way to keep your hands warm. $29.00  available in 6 fur colors
Because every girl needs a few statement necklaces in their wardrobe.  This Tribal Inspired Layered Necklace is such a fabulous look at it’s only $13.90.
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Help him keep warm and cozy with this Luxury Plush Robe. $49.00
The perfect gift for all the men in your life Leather iPhone Slip Wallet $39-$42 available in 4 colors
The perfect go with anything Plaid Woven Scarf.  $35.00
You may want to get him one in every colors–1/4 Zip Sweater Vest. $29.70 available in 7 colors
For those times when a baseball hat is just too casual–Flecked Tweed Fedora $35.00
He’ll love this classic Silver Plate Personalized Pocket Watch for years to come. $45.00
Put a little pep in his step with Happy Socks. $12.00 per pair

Happy gifting!


What To Buy During The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale


I might have mentioned this before but when I lived in Seattle it wasn’t uncommon for me to take the first day of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale off from work.  Given that Nordstrom is based in Seattle, their half-yearly sales are a major deal in that city.   I’ve always loved the Nordstrom sale because it’s a great time to pick up a few in-season pieces and save money while you’re at it.

I spent a little time checking our the deals online and rounded up a few of my faves.

Let’s go shopping shall we…

Espadrilles are the ‘it’ shoe for spring and summer and this black and white platform espadrille is the perfect blend of summer style and comfort.  And the $40 price tag makes it even more attractive.

If I could buy an unlimited number of any one fashion accessory, it would be handbags.  A classic leather handbag should be a part of every girls wardrobe and having one in a fashion color like this beautiful orchid is perfect for spring or summer.  I love the woven handle and all the interior pockets of this Elliott Lucca leather tote.


I love sporting a white watch during summer and since the cheapo one I bought at the mart has seen its last day, I’m going to invest in a new one.  This Nixon patent leather strap watch is the front runner on my consideration list.  I love the round crystal face, the gold rim and hands and the $74.90 pricepoint.

If you love jewelry, you’ll definitely want to get in on one of these deals.  This turquoise stone pendant necklace is only $8.98 and is perfect to wear with summer dresses, tanks and tees.  This Drusy pendant necklace is a bit dressier but would work just as well with a casual outfit and it’s only $13.98.


If you’re planning on doing any traveling this summer or if you like to spend your weekends antique shopping like me, this belt bag is for you.  When it comes to style, fanny packs have come a long way and this striped canvas belt bag is both cute and afforable.

Summers are meant for maxi dresses and Nordstrom has a ton of great styles on sale under $100.  Here are three of my favorite-navy and white maxi for everyday wear, a floral maxi for when you need something a bit dressier and this roll-sleeve maxi when you want to look super chic but casual.


Don’t dilly dally, because the Nordsrom Half-Yearly Sale ends May 31st.  Happy shopping!


Fall Fashion Focus: Colorblock Sweaters

The other morning I took an early morning stroll around one of the largest malls here  in Atlanta and spotted what is going to be one of the biggest fashion looks for all.  I am all for this look because it is the perfect blend of sporty and causal, colorful yet classic and tailored yet edgy.


 This look is going to be so popular that even the Color of The Year and the Print of The Year are getting in on the fun!_7927164
St. John sweater available at Nordstrom for $495.00!
 The good news…I saw this look in just about every store in the mall and in lots of different price categories, so you have lots of shopping options if you want to get in on this trend.
What do you think of this fall fashion trend?  Will you be sporting a colorblock sweater?


Fall Fashion Trend: The Outer Layer


I know coats and outerwear are the last thing on your mind given that it’s probably 85 degrees where you are right now, but whether we want it to happen or not, fall and winter are coming and we all need to be fashionably ready.

So I thought I’d pop in today and share one of the hottest  fall fashion trends of  with you, OUTERWEAR.  Fall and winter outerwear often gets the short end of the style stick with function trumping fashion but for 2013 coats are making a major fashion statement.   The trend is boxy, slouchy, plaid and stripes, with just about every color on the color wheel being popular. So grab a glass of ice tea and take a look at what you’ll be seeing in the coming months in magazines, store windows and on the street!


Grey, black and white have always been top colors used in outerwear but when combined into a stripe they take on a fresh appeal.  The classic double-breasted car coat silhouette is one you’ll see a lot of  as always.


 Here’s the slouchy approach to that classic car coat style.  This is a tricky silhouette to pull off and if not done right you could look like a balloon.  The key is to keep your top and pant slim and close cut.


This plaid coat is awesome! The kimono style is really fun in this red and white plaid and the black piping helps to give the coat structure. {fyi– I’m pretty sure if you found this coat in a store it would come with a finished hem}


 Classic black and white tweed in a raglan sleeve coat.  Stripes mixed with tweed are one of my favorite pattern combos.


Even long coat styles are more relaxed for fall!


The color camel is also a hot trend for fall and works great as a stripe paired with black.  You’ll be seeing wide and narrow stripes so you’ll have options.


 I love anything in red so this coat really appeals to me.  The fur collar is fab and the bell sleeves and oversized pockets give this coat some playfulness.


 If pastels are your thing you’ll find outerwear in those colors too.


 This look is so beautiful.  I’ve always been drawn to a head-to-toe color palette and the ice blue is so chic in my book.  And the tapered silhouette really helps with the shape of this coat.


 Hum?  At first glance I really liked this coat but the more I look at it the more I see “fire fighter”.  The orange however is fab and will be a big color for fall and winter so keep your eye open for less industrial looks in that color.


There you have it, your first look at fall fashion trends.  Since I’m a fashion fiend, I’ll be sharing some more fall looks with you over the next few weeks so getting your shopping list ready.  Until then enjoy your glass of ice tea and the last bits of summer!


Fashion Focus: Overalls


Just dropping in to end the week with a little fashion advice!
Having worked in the fashion industry for years, I’ve seen fashion trends come and go and then come again.  One of the fashion statements that has come back into the fold for spring is DENIM OVERALLS.  Just the other day I was at the mall and within 20 minutes I spotted three young women wearing overalls.  What caught my attention most was not the fact that seeing overalls took me back to my high school days but that there is obviously a right and wrong way to wear this look. Two of the three women I saw got it right and looked super chic, comfortable and fashion forward, the third woman got it wrong and looked like she just stepped off the farm and came to the big city for the day.
With that said, I know many of you will be sporting this look for spring so I thought I’d give you my take on the RIGHT and WRONG ways to look stylish is denim overalls.

oh so WRONG way…

Overalls that are too oversized and slouchy just look dumpy.  She looks like she has on her dad’s overalls and is not happy about it!
Again, too slouchy and the length is way to long.
Never ever wear overalls with just one strap fastened. The last time I saw someone with this look I was in the back woods of Oklahoma, his name was Bubba and he was in the process of skinning a raccoon so it could be BBQ’d (no lie)!
 This look is only for females ages 8 or younger.  Stay away from patterns and go with solid denim only!

the RIGHT way…

Slim fit overalls with a cuffed leg look super  chic.  Pair your overalls with a simple tee and wedge sandals or flats for spring.
Overalls are the one place where I think the faded look works and pairing them with a soft blouse will keep the look feminine without being too cutesy!
I love the look of striped tee with overalls. Black and white stripes are always classic and will allow you to accessorize with punch of color. {A little more conservative shoe would be my suggestion}
A win, win look is to pair your overalls with a heel.  Heels add style and a touch of glam.  And again, cuffed bottoms are the way to go.


And for the men that read my blog, the fashion advice I have for you is…..NEVER, EVER WEAR OVERALLS!   

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photo Celebuzz

Overalls trend

photo Celebuzz

Need I say more!

Have a great weekend and stay fashionable!

XO Shelly

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Fashion Focus: Transitioning from Winter to Spring

While I love the arrival of spring, I also hate this time of year because the weather is just plain wacky!  One day it’s warm and the next I’m back in my UGG’s or wearing my rain boots.
When the weather is so unpredictable, there is one piece of clothing I rely on.  This piece allows me to layer without feeling bulky on cooler days and when the day is warmer, this piece is lightweight enough to keep me comfortable while giving me a little coverage.  I also like that my g0-to winter to spring transition piece can be worn with jean and a tee or dressed up a bit with a maxi skirt and jewels.  So, do you want to know what my favorite transition piece of clothing is?  It’s the………….












When it comes to fashion I love a piece of clothing that can carry me from one season to the next and allows me to wear it in multiple ways. 

In my book that is a true wardrobe staple!

What’s your go to spring fashion piece?

XO Shelly

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